Courses

Pre-Requisite: Completed Bachelor's Degree. This architectural fundamentals course is taught by the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design faculty; and is geared toward professionals and students interested in attending graduate architecture school. Through a series of virtual studio sessions and lectures, the course introduces students to a series of design approaches to conceptualize architectural investigations using the most current techniques, including in visualization. Students typically receive one-to-one technical instruction, such as on digital modeling, drawing representation, and rendering. The work will culminate in a virtual design exhibition with invited Pratt faculty and will be documented in an individually developed portfolio which prepares students to apply for graduate architecture school. Note: Completion of this course does not guarantee admission into Pratt's graduate architecture programs. For information on admission requirements, please visit the Graduate Departmental Requirements page.


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As fields are merging in search of more sustainable and resilient solutions, biodesign is emerging at this transdisciplinary intersection of biology, technology and design. In this hands-on studio course, explore, research and develop bio-inspired design solutions, putting into practice biomimicry thinking, sustainable systems-based methods and designing for and with biomaterials. Create and present your project with outcomes that include designing systems for human services and interventions, developing new biofabrication processes for materials and/or products, and advancing innovations in circular economies. Final projects will be reviewed by a panel of experts and enable students to build their portfolio. Note: This course is part of the Sustainable Design Certificate Program.


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Generate innovative ideas and forms that perform and give back to the planet and its inhabitants responsibly in space. Based on the Biomimicry Institute's 3.8 guidelines, explore all three levels of the biomimicry design process. Learn sustainability principles and practices such as life cycle assessment; discover nature's time-tested design strategies, functions, and patterns to apply them to human-made designs. Using a holistic approach, learn to integrate biomimicry into your creative process and demonstrate its value to stakeholders.


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Explore color, texture, and patterns using a variety of surface materials, whether for interior, product, fashion, or accessories design. Color, texture and patterns define surfaces, impact scale, and impart a unique style to design. They add visual interest to clothing, products, and space. Learn to utilize these three vital design elements tastefully in order to articulate your creative vision. The course is focused on helping students develop compelling portfolio pieces that demonstrate mastery of color, texture and patterns. Recommended material cost: $40.


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In challenging times, it is especially essential to tap into every good idea wehave. Cultivating creative thinking can help an individual to grow as anartist and designer and innovate in every situation. Through case studies, class discussions, and individual coaching, learn how you can create design solutions for emerging needs from a crisis, using your preferred creative practice whether for fashion, interior, product, art, or photography. Explore how to elevate the role of communication through art and design.


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This introductory course explores design for health and wellness to enhance the quality of life of diverse audiences. Investigate ways to assess and enhance private and public spaces while examining the relationships between the environment, physical, psychological conditions for health, behavior theories, spatial design, industry standards and best practices.


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Learn to design and document an exhibition from concept to installation. Special focus is on creating interpretive environmental experiences that include storytelling, sustainability and environmental design. Complete and present an exhibition design proposal with models, photographs and drawings of original work toward a portfolio. This course can be taken individually or as one of two core required courses in the Exhibition Design certificate program, and is appropriate for artists, designers, visual merchandising designers, and anyone interested in developing or enhancing their skillset in exhibition design - applicable to various scales and venues, including museums, art exhibitions, retail spaces, trade shows, kiosks, visitor centers, and showrooms.


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Design your own piece of furniture, without leaving your home. The key premise is learning through making and testing. Working on models and prototypes, develop a sense of human scale and proportion. Explore a variety of techniques, gaining basic understanding of furniture construction and manufacturing. While developing individual projects, experience all stages of the design process, including research, ideation, development, testing, refinement, prototyping, documentation and presentation.


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Learn how inclusive design, allied with equity and diversity, is an essential art and design approach for understanding our sense of place in the world and appreciating that of others, globally and locally. Inclusive Design integrates and activates our sense of community, which emerges through artistic communication as an obligation and a gift.


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Draw and paint from the online collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) to study and find inspiration from their rich and diverse artwork collection from all over the world and time periods. The drawings created will turn into a series of inspired paintings. Students can focus on their choice of paint--acrylic or watercolor, and also choose whether to stay faithful to the original Masterpiece(s) and/or use their imagination to create new, original artwork inspired by the Masters. Sketchbooks, pencils,and erasers are required for the first three classes. A more detailed supplies list will be provided by the instructor at the first class for painting supplies.


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Mindful entrepreneurship is a process of economic or social value creation which goes beyond the basic act of opening a business. You will develop a Business Model Canvas, Pecha kucha pitch, and financial plan for one of the following: solopreneur, non-profit or for-profit start up, or social-entrepreneurship corporations. Develop the mechanics of launching a business, including opportunity recognition, operations, customer validation, interviewing skills, financial tools, and forecast planning. Apply contemplative "whole-brain" approaches such as mind-mapping, visualization, meditation, and power questions to business development. Use Lean Launchpad methodology, resilience psychology, and intercultural communications to cultivate your iterative risk-taking skills and confidently pitch your business.


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Explore mixed media art techniques and materials. Combining various traditional and non-traditional media and techniques such as collage, drawing, painting, and assemblage, create a range of works that explore color, texture, figure ground relationships, as well as representation and abstraction. Create artworks that mix found objects and ephemera with traditional art materials to complete unique compositions toward a portfolio, using formal strategies to achieve balance and unity.


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Engage in fine arts painting as a vehicle for exploring light, color, image making, materials, and composition. Develop or sharpen your skills in color mixing, paint application, and various techniques in the context of figurative representation and abstraction. Study historical precedents and contemporary trends in painting today, through virtual excursions to online art collections. Through immersion practice, as well as group and individual critique, students will begin to develop or expand their own direction as painters. Students may enroll in one or both sessions 1A and 1B for this open-level intensive course.


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You have the power to design how you are seen by the world. While the concept of personal branding isn't new, it takes trial and error to craft one that is truly driven by your passion. When personal brand is fueled by passion, communicating and inhabiting it become effortless. Craft your authentic branding by examining your true desires including a mission, vision, goals, and objectives. Through case studies, class discussions and individual exercises, students develop awareness of one's authentic qualities, translate them into marketable assets, define target audience, become familiar with online/offline communication tools, and devise a system for on-going brand maintenance.


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Learn how products are designed and what it takes to bring a product to market in this hands-on class. Exercises will include analyzing and dissecting current products, brainstorming, identifying unmet needs in the market, articulating the product identity through branding, and materials workshops and developing a product from concept to basic model-making, through the design process. Learn to communicate your new product design concept through a tangible design brief. Explore sustainable product design, designers and design firms, and the elements of a successful product. Learn how to research for sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, licensing opportunities, and patents. Deepen your understanding of the current and emerging markets. Please Note: This class is open to all, but prior enrollment in a drawing class is recommended.


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Learn to create your own 3D models in this hands-on course. Understand 3D space and viewport directions. Learn effective modeling techniques and strategies, multiple surface tools, drafting, rendering and 3D modeling while completing projects toward a portfolio. This course is applicable across all design industries and disciplines.


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Learn to build virtual 3D models of parts and assemblies using Solidworks (parametric CAD software). Topics include: learning the interface, communicating design intent, building parts and assemblies using solid features, producing 2D drawings from Solidworks models, 2D and 3D sketch tools, associative relationships and parametric constraints, and basic rendering. No prior experience with Solidworks or other CAD modeling is required. Note: This course is part of the Furniture Design certificate program.


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Would you like to turn your creative inspirations into viable business ideas? Explore combining the creative/design thinking process with key phases of the entrepreneurial process-identification, development, launch, and scaling in this interactive workshop. Starting with a fun simulation, learn simple yet powerful innovation principles to take your ideas to the next viable level or to generate new, viable ideas. Working as a team, apply a time-tested step-by-step process to further guide and support your creative entrepreneurial journey. Walk away with an empowering, practical ideation tool set for innovation and effective entrepreneurship.


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For aspiring and practicing artists professionals from various creative fields, and anyone seeking to apply sustainability thinking into artistic/creative thinking:Be inspired to approach aesthetics with a sustainable lens, combining artistic thinking with responsible materials and making processes. Creative thinking and making sustainably entail engaging with relationships, commonality and complexity, aligned with patterns of nature. Learn to apply life cycle research to your art projects, from extraction to the disposal of materials. Experiment with deconstructing, repurposing and upcycling basic materials and objects. Sustainable Art looks at a broad range of artists responding visually to environmental challenges, experimenting with artistic ways to engage the public in awareness, with proposals to regenerate our Home the Earth and culture through compelling artistic expression.


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Study the basic principles and design elements of sustainable design thinking. Develop basic design skills; and build on the Bauhaus tradition of understanding design vocabulary, composition, form and materials. Based in a design studio approach, the class will move through a series of hand- and digital, 2D, 3D, and 4D exercises that test and question sustainable technology and performance. Each session combines a historically-based lecture, studio lab and critique of students' design projects; and includes a basic introduction to the presentation of ideas in different formats.


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Learn how organizations succeed by understanding the structure of branding and the strategic perspective that a visual identity has. Through a series of steps, designers utilize sketch and idea processes that nurture an inner coherence to visual marks. Hone your visual language skills that can be carried throughout an identity system, developing a unique look and feel for a mark that works across multiple platforms, including print collateral, websites, and broadcast media. Color, typeface and typography will be documented in a style guide that help make a brand shine above its competitors. Complete projects toward a professional portfolio.


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Learn to create and document a visual merchandising design project proposal from concept to completion with models and drawings of original work toward a portfolio. Special focus is on creating interpretive layouts for various fields, including art, furniture, beauty, fashion, jewelry, and food. Explore lighting design, materials, color and creative methods for providing engaging experiences. This course is appropriate for aspiring and experienced designers and anyone interested in developing or enhancing their skillset in visual merchandising design.


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